Robotz (Atari ST)

Robotz Atari ST Title screen

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The exploration space vessel "DARWIN 8" is in troubles: it is invaded by alien robots, who killed the whole crew, leaving the player as last survivor to fight the intruders and clear the ship.

The player blasts his way through 40 levels shooting robots. But there is a problem: the robots are protected by "positronic generators", which have to be destroyed before the moving robots are receiving damage from your weapon. With active generators, a hit with the weapon only stuns them for a very short time. In each level there is at least one of those generators, in others there are up to three. Clearing a level fast awards you with extra points depending on the time remaining, while running out of time is punished with a life loss.

The levels are presented as single screens, with deadly walls in them: touching a stone instantly kills the player, which is also happening on a single hit from any of the robots shots. The level maps are pre-defined and always the same, but on each level start or dying, the position of both the robots and generator are randomly chosen. After each seven levels, the player gains an extra life.

The game was published as cover disk for ST Format, but released into the public domain soon after. In 2010 an extended port with original graphics was released, named Robotz DX.

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Robotz Atari ST The exit (black bar) opens if the last robot is destroyed
Robotz Atari ST The position of robots and generators are randomly selected on each level start
Robotz Atari ST Level 22
Robotz Atari ST The different robot types have different colours indicating their type

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Development

Both creators Patrick Fox and Scott Williams created the game in their spare time while working on Super League Manager for Anglosoft in Coventry (this game was released far later by Audiogenic).

Payment

The magazine ST Format promised the contributors to their cover disks payment for their software. According to the authors of Robotz, they never received a penny.
Jo ST (23482) added Robotz (Atari ST) on Aug 08, 2015